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Light utility trucks have become popular among consumers

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Light utility trucks have become popular among consumers who buy them primarily for the trucks’ rugged appearance. Yet although these trucks are tough-looking, they are exempt from the government’s car-safety standards that dictate
minimum roof strength and minimum resistance to impact. Therefore, if involved in a serious high-impact accident, a driver of one of these trucks is more likely to be injured than is a driver of a car that is subject to these government standards.

The argument depends on the assumption that

(A) the government has established safety standards for the construction of light utility trucks
(B) people who buy automobiles solely for their appearance are more likely than other people to drive recklessly
(C) light utility trucks are more likely than other kinds of vehicles to be involved in accidents that result in injuries
(D) the trucks’ rugged appearance is deceptive in that their engines are not especially powerful
(E) light utility trucks are less likely to meet the car-safety standards than are cars that are subject to the standards

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If you negate C...argument fails...
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Answer E

(A) the government has established safety standards for the construction of light utility trucks - Irrelevant
(B) people who buy automobiles solely for their appearance are more likely than other people to drive recklessly - Irrelevant
(C) light utility trucks are more likely than other kinds of vehicles to be involved in accidents that result in injuries - Likelihood of getting into an accident is not required. Hence, it is out of scope
(D) the trucks’ rugged appearance is deceptive in that their engines are not especially powerful - Irrelevant
(E) light utility trucks are less likely to meet the car-safety standards than are cars that are subject to the standards - If we negate this option we get "Light utility vehicals are more likely to meet the car-safety standards" hence, in this case the conclusion falls apart

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Has to be E.

If the author doesn't assume that, then the light trucks may meet the gov standards in which case the argument's conclusion won't stand.

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New post 03 Oct 2017, 09:38
broall wrote:
Light utility trucks have become popular among consumers who buy them primarily for the trucks’ rugged appearance. Yet although these trucks are tough-looking, they are exempt from the government’s car-safety standards that dictate
minimum roof strength and minimum resistance to impact. Therefore, if involved in a serious high-impact accident, a driver of one of these trucks is more likely to be injured than is a driver of a car that is subject to these government standards.

The argument depends on the assumption that

(A) the government has established safety standards for the construction of light utility trucks
(B) people who buy automobiles solely for their appearance are more likely than other people to drive recklessly
(C) light utility trucks are more likely than other kinds of vehicles to be involved in accidents that result in injuries
(D) the trucks’ rugged appearance is deceptive in that their engines are not especially powerful
(E) light utility trucks are less likely to meet the car-safety standards than are cars that are subject to the standards

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I think the answer is E
The whole point of the argument that the people driving light trucks will more susceptible to injury than the people who drive cars because the light trucks are not subjected to crash test .
Now the assumption would connect the conclusion as the author has taken a big leap to form the conclusion .
E is the only assumption required by the argument if the light trucks fail car safety standards than they will cause more serious injury to passenger than a light truck which passes safety standards.

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